Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The Blame Game - Pin the flooding on someone
Look, we had a 100 year flood event. All the storm water calculations are estimates and in some cases engineers made mistakes ...ooooo. The truth is until a major flooding event takes place, it's just an estimate. Now, each community in Porter County knows where the problems are and can try and figure out how to fix them.
I really get sick of people blaming the big bad "developers" everytime something floods though. Developers are regularly shaken down by towns and cities to fix off-site drainage, a tactic I find a bit corrupt. If a city or town has drainage issues, then the entire community should work to fix them but not dump the cost on the last guy to try and develop something new.
The Blame Game won't fix the problems, and raising fees hasn't accomplished a ton either in many places because the money isn't wisely invested. Follow the dollars, will storm water fees, sewer impact fees, park impact fees, and trash fees start to find their way into payroll accounts because cities and towns are feeling the pinch from HEA 1001? I hope not.
From the Times:
HEBRON | Town officials will be knocking on the Porter County Drainage Board's door, and they are bringing a lot of people with them.
The town wants to get on the agenda for the drainage board's next meeting to get help relieving flooding problems, especially on the town's east side. Residents and business owners from the east side were at Tuesday's council meeting to complain of stormwater backing up at the county ditch near the railroad embankment at the southeast corner of town.
Posted by Steve Dalton